10 Health Habits for a Nourished November
I don’t know about you, but right about this time of year I start to get a little worried about what’s going to happen to my physical and mental health as I gear up for December.
Darn you holidays! (it really is a love/hate relationship sometimes)
Financial worries and busy schedules can add to our already hectic lives. Add in extra doses of alcohol, sugar and refined carbohydrates, a dash of less sleep and a spoonful of stress, and you’ve got a recipe for falling off your health wagon.
This November why not put in a little extra effort, make a few little tweaks, and enter into December feeling light, energized, and deeply nourished. Why be stressed and bloated when you can feel confident and in control of your physical and mental wellbeing? Let’s make a commitment to really go for it this November! Let’s ramp up our healthy routines for the next few weeks to keep us on track and make Christmas a friggin’ blast! Choosing to be just a little more regimented with some key habits can make a huge difference with how you handle the stress and the fun that go hand in hand with the holidays.
Top 10 Habits for a Happy + Healthy Holiday Season
1. Increase Water Intake.
Up your H2O to be 2-3 Litres per day. Glowing skin, better digestion, and a flat belly are my top motivators to keep me chugging.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep.
When we are tired we crave sugar and refined carbohydrates. This, combined with my early morning exercise routine is my top motivators to get my head on the pillow nice and early.
3. Get up Early.
Hence going to bed early :) If you are anything like me, you have a lot do in a day, and the only way I have time to work, try to be a good mom, and cook wholesome meals is if I start my day early.
4. Regular Exercise.
My sanity and mental health depend on exercising regularly. I like to get my work out in first thing so I don't end up skipping it later on.
5-20 minutes every weekday morning before I exercise is my goal. Anything on top of that right now is a bonus. There are countless apps, audio downloads and workshops to help get you started if you are not sure how. Email me if you need to and I am happy to help guide you in the right direction. :) email@example.com
6. Nourishing your Body.
There is no magic bullet when it comes to your health, but the closest thing you can find is eating a wholesome, balanced, plant-based diet. For this month try to illimante or reduce refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, and dairy. Skip alcohol, reduce caffeine, and keep animal products to a few servings per week. Increase your intake of leafy greens, cold pressed juice, smoothies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, veggies, and plant proteins like tofu, lentils and beans. Try this out for November and your body will thank you for it! Be mindful of what foods YOUR body needs and be sure to keep them in there. I know I feel best if I include some farm fresh eggs and bone broth in my diet along with all the amazing plant foods I eat.
I suggest increasing your intake of liquid meals/snacks like juice, smoothies, bone broth and soups so your digestive system gets lots of rest. Digestion takes work, and giving your body periods of rest helps it fight illness and disease, while you get added boosts of energy from your body not having to work so hard to digest your meals.
7. Do a Juice Cleanse
Now is such a great time for a juice fast! Once December rolls around your calendar is going to be full of parties, shopping, and entertaining. A juice cleanse is a great way to help up your cravings for veggies, gain some energy and spend a few days focussing on nourishing your spirit while we nourish your body. Plus, it just may help you squeeze into that sexy little elf outfit you've been eyeing.
8. Spend Quality Time with Family.
December can get pretty busy, so try and carve out some time each day for those you love the most. I always say, time with your besties is like superfood for you soul. Spending some extra time engaging with my kids is also on the list for this month. When my kids are getting adequate and quality time with me and my husband, they flourish. When they are thriving, the love and pride I feel can carry me through many hardships. (More sexy time with your partner is another fun goal for this month!)
9. Heavy Doses of Self-Care.
Meditation, sleep, exercise, hydration and nutrition all fall into this category. Other practices I highly recommend are: walks in nature, baths, reading spiritual or self-help books, being creative, gratitude lists and journaling, reading, and making sweet sweet love.
10. Have Fun!!
All of the above can be accomplished with joy in your heart. If any of the above suggestions make you cringe or fill you with dread, then skip them! Instead, increase activities that bring you joy. Have fun gosh-darn-it! Sometimes all it takes is a small shift in perspective and nourishing your body and soul can be pretty darn fun.
by GLJ founder Andrea Dershin
Andrea received her certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and the T.Colin Campbell Foundation. She is an avid yogi, devoted mama, yoga teacher, spirit junkie and loves blasting good tunes and dancing with whoever is the mood to join her.